Emiliana Simon-Thomas on where happiness comes from
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, science director of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, discusses happiness — what it means, where it comes from and how we can enhance it in each of our lives — during a Science at Cal lecture on July 28, 2021. Listen to the episode and read the transcript on Berkeley News. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Debbie Weil talks to Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, PhD, the science director of UC-Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. This was a conversation the two arranged many weeks before the pandemic. It turned out to be perfectly timed.The center studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills to foster a resilient and compassionate society. Kind of what we need right now as millions of Americans grapple with the realities of life defined by social distancing and with the economic repercussions. Emiliana is co-instructor, with Dacher Keltner, of the center's The Science of Happiness course which has been taken by over half a million students. It’s an eight-week online program which explores the roots of a happy, meaningful life by studying positive psychology and by learning how to create stronger social ties and contribute to something bigger than yourself. In other words, the greater good. Debbie and Emiliana discuss happiness - what it means and what it is not. Hint: it is not pleasure or enjoyment. They talk about how happiness is different from gratitude and how we can cultivate a calm mind during a time of extreme uncertainty like the one we’re living in. Emiliana shares with us what she does to stay grounded (mindfulness during her daily shower is key). And offers practical tips for more compassionate communication either while Zooming for work or connecting remotely with family and friends. What they talked about:Simplifying your daily To Do list by reframing it into three categories (set a reachable goal, find joy, call a friend)Tips on how to work, teach and learn remotely (the importance of eye contact and taking time to ensure that emails are not ambiguous)Slowing down as a way to be more intentionalTo gain a feeling of control: focus on small things that are certain and for which you have agency Mentioned in the episode or usefulThe Greater Good Science CenterGreater Good Magazine (sign up for free e-newsletter)Greater Good's Guide to Well-Being During CoronavirusArticles by Emiliana for The Greater Good MagazineThe Science of Happiness (online course; register free)Expanding the Science and Practice of GratitudeThe Science of Happiness podcast hosted by Dacher Keltner, co-director of GGSCSome Tips on How to Stay Sane in a World That Isn't (NYTimes, March 22, 2020, quoting GGSC psychologist and senior fellow Rick Hanson on reframing) Support this podcast:Leave a review on iTunes: it means so much!Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or Spotify Credits:Host: Debbie WeilProducer: Julie-Roxane KrikorianPodcast websiteMusic by Manuel Senfft Connect with us:Email: email@example.comTwitter: @debbieweilInsta: @debbieweilDebbie and Sam's blog: Gap Year After Sixty
Emiliana and I discuss all things happiness at work! The PERK framework - purpose, engagement, resilience, kindness. The importance of kindness in the workplace for business outcomes, especially when it comes to teamwork. How to communicate effectively and deal with conflict at work. The importance of mindfulness and gratitude at work. How there needs to be a culture and mindset shift away from the idea that work is bad and you can't be happy at work.Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, is the Science Director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Trained in neuroscience and social psychology, she runs the student research fellowship program, directs key science initiatives, and teaches the The Science of Happiness, a massive open online course on the edX platform that has enrolled over 600,000 people worldwide. She also teaches the Science of Happiness at Work Professional Certificate Series on edX, and serves as an expert voice on the biology and psychology of well-being around the world. Her work highlights the critical role that pro-social experiences and behaviors play in happiness, and addresses research-backed approaches to improving happiness - like practicing mindfulness, or strengthening habits of compassion, gratitude, and generosity. Overall, Emiliana's work leverages scientific insights to help people live better lives individually, in relationship with others, within organizations and communities, and society-wide.https://ggsc.berkeley.edu https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/who_we_serve/researchers/uc_berkeley_student_fellowships https://www.edx.org/course/the-science-of-happiness-3 https://www.edx.org/professional-certificate/berkeleyx-science-of-happiness-at-workDublin Goal setting tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/goal-setting-workshop-kick-start-2020-with-a-mindset-for-success-tickets-83313644353Galway Goal setting tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/goal-setting-workshop-to-kick-start-2020-tickets-84865255263My website: www.empowermentcoaching.ie
Purpose, Passion, and Engagement in the Workplace, with Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., the Science Director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other “pro-social” skills, and Wisdom Labs’ Dr. Parneet Pal discuss purpose, passion, engagement, and kindness in the workplace. Emiliana shares her insight and specific practices to help create ... Read more
Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley and a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other “pro-social” skills. On this episode, Emiliana and Kim Forrester talk about the power of gratitude, and discuss and discuss how we can all enhance our well-being by being deeply and authentically grateful.
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In This Episode Neuroscientist, Emiliana Simon Thomas, the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC, Berkeley., and edX “Science of Happiness” course instructor, and Wisdom Labs’ Parneet Pal discuss happiness in the workplace. Emiliana shares tools to design a workday for optimizing happiness, the difference between moments of positive emotion and overall ... Read more
CM 094: Emiliana Simon-Thomas On How To Be Happier
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We have more control over our happiness than we think. And if we follow the advice of the most cutting-edge happiness researchers, we can help others achieve it, as well.Emiliana Simon-Thomas happens to be one of those researchers. A neuroscientist and Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, she speaks and writes about the connection between happiness, meaning, compassion and wellbeing. She also co-teaches an online course, The Science of Happiness that, to date, has been taken by over 450,000 people.In this interview we discuss: Just how important social relationships are to our happiness and wellbeing How our baseline for study is social, not solitary The fact that social deprivation leads to greater stress, lowered resilience, and less happiness How friendships helps us reframe challenges as more achievable The fact that an ongoing sequence of pleasurable moments does not guarantee happiness How happiness is derived from a rich emotional life that includes negative emotions How happiness speaks to the ease with which we experience the entire range of human emotion The fact that happiness stems from our ability to transcend ourselves - to view our lives in relation to a bigger purpose How the ways we spend our time, where we put our focus, and how we view others determines our happiness How forgiving others can have a greater impact on us than the person we forgive How mindfulness is about noticing the world beyond ourselves How graduates of the Science of Happiness course show significant improvement when it comes to happiness, flourishing, and connections to others, along with decreased loneliness and stress The fact that the quality of our relationships has a significant impact on our happiness The game changing difference it makes when we express our gratitude toward others How practicing gratitude helps us feel more optimistic, decreases our self-absorption, and increases feelings of pleasure that can create a reinforcing loop How practicing gratitude and showing appreciation can shift workplace culture The difference between valuing someone for who they are versus what they achieve How our ability to express gratitude and to show compassion are culturally influenced habits, not gendered skills How the data shows that happier employees are more productive, more engaged, more loyal and more attentive to creating a better customer experience The importance role self-compassion plays in our ability to be happy, to show compassion to others, and to improve or maintain our wellbeingLinks to Episode TopicsEmiliana R. Simon-Thomas@GreaterGoodSCThe Expanding Gratitude ProjectGratitude and Wellbeing at WorkThe Science of Happiness courseEric LiuSocial baseline theory - James Coan and David SbarraRobert EmmonsJudson BrewerThe Gratitude Diaries by Janice KaplanCenter for Positive OrganizationsDavitaKristin NeffIf you enjoy the podcast, please rate and review it on iTunes - your ratings make all the difference. For automatic delivery of new episodes, be sure to subscribe. As always, thanks for listening!